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post #1 of 11 Old Feb 14th, 2008, 10:33 am Thread Starter
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I have a newly purchased, used '06 GSR 1200 Adventure. I want to haul it on the rear of a motorhome that has a rear radiator. The cooling air exits the rear of the radaitor. I want to mount the carrier on the hitch receiver. The bike will have a cover on it to keep most of the dust and dirt from the road off of it.
I have concerns that the bike will hinder the radiator airflow and cause some overtemp issues on the motorhome engine.
I hope there are some out there with experience and advice.
Many thanks in advance for comments and advice.
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I don't have any practical experience with that type of carrier but I would caution you that the turbulence on any cover over a trailered bike will wear away any paint on the bike and eventually rip the cover.

You generally are better off letting the elements at the bike and wash it when necessary. As long as it is not in a direct line of sand or stone chip throw offs from the rear wheels it should survive.

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I think your concerns are well founded, and I agree with Jack.

Assuming you have a diesel pusher you want to keep that bad boy as cool as possible, and anything that raises the temps - even a bit - could have some serious long term consequences on durability.

I had a friend toast his motor AND turbo on his rig - cause unknown - it was silly expensive to have it repaired - and they ended up putting in new units. He had a major hassle with his insurance company but finally won. I'm surprised they paid up.

If I ever get another motorhome it's going to have a garage in the back with room for a mc and small boat.


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Well ,we have a diesel pusher ,and I have noticed when we pull the car behind it , sometimes the tow bar gets a little hot back there it hooks on to the trailer ball .
I know there are a few mounts that are made to carry a bike on the back . I think over built is one , & I have see guys with some big bikes on the back .
Something to think about is that is lot of weight to hang back there . The farther behind the drive axle the weight is , the more the weight is on the axle . I have wondered if a guy couldn't hang there bike on the front .

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I agree that covering your bike and the turbulence will ruin the finish.
We have a DP rear radiator and the dirt that gets drawn to the back is unbelievable. Also in our manual it clearly states not to mount anything on the back. You can get buy doing this with a side mount radiator but not a rear.
If you can I would go with a small enclosed trailer.
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This guy at CCR 2006 had a setup like you describe. I don't know his name; heck, maybe he has already responded to your question! I just saw his rig and thought it was cool.
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I have a newly purchased, used '06 GSR 1200 Adventure. I want to haul it on the rear of a motorhome that has a rear radiator. The cooling air exits the rear of the radaitor. I want to mount the carrier on the hitch receiver. The bike will have a cover on it to keep most of the dust and dirt from the road off of it.
I have concerns that the bike will hinder the radiator airflow and cause some overtemp issues on the motorhome engine.
I hope there are some out there with experience and advice.
Many thanks in advance for comments and advice.
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Lee, I would think a small enclosed trailer would be a better solution all the way around.

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Re: Motorcycle Carriers

Good Day to all,
Thank you very much for the replys. I will bear all of the advice in mind before making a decision as all of you had good points to consider1
Muchas Gracias!
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post #9 of 11 Old Feb 17th, 2008, 10:22 am
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I'll add my 2 cents FWIW. I also looked hard at various ways to take the motorcycles I've owned with us on our trips around the country. I settled on the trailer because it puts the least load on the rig and provides the greatest protection for the bike. A secondary benefit is extra space to haul the various and sundry "stuff" that always accumulates.

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leeines...

i have 20k hauling miles on my k1100rs... all with a geeza cover... no bike damage yet... geeza cover... dont leave home without it...

about a lift... this guy had a really nice one cheap... i dont know if he still has it but an overbuilt with 2 receiver hitch points is the way to go with an rv...

dont know about the diesel pusher issues... but in my opinion you cant go wrong with an overbuilt style and a geeza cover... you can still tow a car with it too...

if you choose a carrier instead of a trailer... here are some links...

link to lift...

http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13213

http://www.overbiltlifts.com/features.html

link to cover...

http://www.gezagear.com/

how i do it...

http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13593

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post #11 of 11 Old Feb 17th, 2008, 11:37 pm
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One idea you might consider is to pull a pickup behind the motorhome. Get some really long and wide ramps and load the GS in the pickup. All it would take is $$$$.

I am not sure which pickups can be towed with four wheels down however. But you would have the best of all worlds since most motorhome RVers seem to need another vehicle besides the motorhome for sightseeing. Good weather--ride the GS. Rain or snow--use the pickup.
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